Tagged with publishing

Writer Beware: Oyster, Scribd and Smashwords


There is a new website called Oyster that, like Netflix, offers a service for a monthly fee of $9.95: eb00k lending.  After doing much research, I discovered how an indie publisher can list their book on the site and receive money every time a book is “rented”.  However, there are some things to think about before … Continue reading

Vanity Presses in Sheep’s Clothing


I’ve self-published a few books (some more successful than others) and even though I may not have a best seller out there I’m pretty happy selling a few hundred books or so, building a following, and if it takes me years to build toward that best seller, then so be it. If I don’t become … Continue reading

Reader Mail: A Reader With Great Questions


Like many blogs I have a contact page where people can e-mail questions or simply hit me up for editing services.  I love doing editing work because it keeps me sharp, but once in a while someone will send an e-mail that makes me think.   Today’s e-mail comes from Merle Temple, a novelist who … Continue reading

Novel Contests vs Self Publishing


I had big plans this January to enter the Amazon Breakout Novelist Competition with my newest book Come Apart.  Of all of the novels I have written, I feel that this is some of my best work as a writer.  The competition has a grand prize of $50,000 and a publishing contract, but as I have … Continue reading

Moneyball and the Publishing Industry


The above scene from the Brad Pitt film Moneyball is poignant for many reasons, but when I saw it again recently I instantly began thinking about the publishing industry. In the clip, Billy Beene (Brad Pitt) is interviewed by the Boston Red Sox owner who offers him $12.5 million to be their general manager.  The speech … Continue reading

Writing Article Roundup


This week as I was attending the AP Language and Composition conference, I had time during the breaks to peruse the internet for awesome articles about writing and indie publishing.  I have several this week, so let’s get to it. Mergers – This article on “Digital Book World” by Jack W. Perry breaks down what … Continue reading

Building a Platform: Short Story Submissions


This past weekend I attended Soonercon, a local science fiction/fantasy convention, and while browsing around the con dressed to the hilt as John McClane from Die Hard I happened upon a fellow novelist who was happily selling his hard work right next to my good friend artist Jerry Bennett.  I spent a little time talking to … Continue reading

Know Your Demographic


If there is one thing that many independent and amateur writers fall for is the idea that their particular genre or idea for a novel will be an instant best seller.  As I write this I imagine billions of writers out there toiling away at novels they deeply believe are books that people will want … Continue reading